Hi Mountain Lady,
I don't believe I have welcomed you to our little family. I hear ya about the weight gain, being tired and unhappy. All these things can quickly lead to depression. First thing that you have to do, and the hardest, is change you outlook. I know, this is not easy, you see no rainbow in you rainy sky, but it will make all the difference. Believe it or not, you can regain some of that energy by exercising. Walking, yoga, pilates, swimming, gentle stretching just to name a few. Who knows, maybe it will help with the weight gain as well. Start out slow and gradually build up your endurance. Take a multi vitamin and rest when you need too. Your body will tell you what to do, you just have to listen. Things will get better if you care to follow this simple advice, I'm sure others will have some good suggestions too.
Welcome Mountain Lady,
I understand! Fatigue is a big part of my fibro. Today is my oldest daughters 15th birthday and all I have wanted to do is crawl into bed. I have managed to get through most of the day by looking into her smiling face. I can't disappoint her. I don't no what causes me to be so tired all the time but I have noticed that refined sugar is a trigger. A piece of cake and I am dragging for days. I have tried to cut out refined sugar (and I love sugar), I do feel better but definitely still having bad days. It was recommended to me that I keep a journal. Maybe I would notice a pattern. I wish I had the energy to do it, maybe that would be a good idea for you.
I must add that I to have gained weight and it really depresses me. I want to exercise but some days it is just to hard. Weight gain causes more fatigue so what do you do? I think the first thing is to not be so hard on ourselves. We also need to push ourselves a little to move. Even a short walk will help. Take one day at a time.
Know that you are not alone, so many of us have the same problem and just talking about it can bring relief.
Ok, I'm going to eat a piece of cake with a big pink flower on it. Well, I can't disappoint my daughter on her birthday . If I'm on the forum tomorrow, I probably won't be making much sense so I apologize now (the sugar really does go straight to my head, I'm a bumbling idiot after I eat it).
Hi everyone! I am a newbie, although not new to fibro...diagnosed 20 years ago and have been struggling with it ever since, but I am too darn stubborn to allow it to get the best of me, well, there are those days that I have to give in to it.
I too take Malic/Magnesium and it has helped, especially the muscle cramps in my legs. It really does help restore energy. Also, as others have said, what is key is sleep and at least 8 hours of quality sleep. That is the time that your body is trying to repair your muscles.
I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention the name of a book or the author's name??? I have been reading this book (I have NO affiliation to author or company) and it gives such good advice on natural approaches to healing along with prescription medications...he lists both, so you have a choice. about a year ago, I went to see an MD that also practices chinese medicine and she told me I need to completely eliminate cane sugar, coffee, decaf coffee and GLUTEN!!! She also gave me a book on living gluten free. As far as I know, I do not have Celiac disease, at least I didn't think so, but since I have been eliminating these foods, my quality of life is so much better!! No, I am not cured, but I am not as tired during the day and the fibro fog has definitely gotten better. Since then, I have been reading up on yeast problems in women (candida) and how they may correlate with Fibromyalgia. Also hypothyroidism, which I have and is finally normalized.
There is a product that was recommended in the book I am referring to, D-Ribose, that you might want to do some research on. It does wonders for your energy.
I am able to take a walk on most days...yes, I still have bad days, but not as many and I am able to work. I do medical transcription from home, which is difficult, because of all the sitting I do, but I now make time for stretching and take frequent breaks.
Anyway, hopefully, some of this will help someone.
Thanks for responding, Marlee. No, I am not the author, although I wish I was...from reading the jacket of the book, he lives in Hawaii!! In any case, the name of the book is "From Fatigue to Fantastic" and it is by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. For years, I have been subscribing to a fibro newsletter and his name is always mentioned in there, so some of you may be very familiar with his name. He too was diagnosed with FMS/CFS many years ago, when he was in medical school. He has spent is medical career looking for ways to fight the fatigue and pain of fibromyalgia and has come up with a SHIN protocol (of course right now, I can't think of what that means!!). I read the book, and began ordering the supplements he has recommended. By the way, you can order from a company he recommends but he states that any profits made from the company he donates...he gets no money from the supplements. I prefer to order from www.iherb.com because I find their supplements to be really good, all of the are gluten free, etc, and their prices simply can't be beat. He has recommendations for supplements, prescripted medications, exercise, sleep, probably more, can't think right now. I can honestly say that I do think his protocol is helping me. Book wasn't terribly expensive...I ordered it from www.amazon.com. He also has a website where he has loads of information.